Tales of Medieval Dublin

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Friends of Medieval Dublin in conjunction with Dublin City Council have just announced the dates for the 3rd season of their excellent lunchtime lectures series, Tales of Medieval Dublin. These monthly talks will take place in the Wood Quay Venue, which is a state of the art conference facility that incorporates a stretch of the original Hiberno-Norse city wall (the venue is located in the Dublin City Council Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8). The talks will be officially launched by Senator David Norris prior to Lecture 1, The Miller’s Tale, at 1.05pm on June 19th.


The Miller’s Tale

Grain was an integral part of the diet of early medieval Dubliners and the work of millwrights was pivotal to the economy of the town. Come and hear about the life of a miller from Chapelizod.

Speaker: Claire Walsh Date: Tuesday June 19th, 1.05–2.00pm



The Duibh Linn(ers’) Tale

Come and hear about the lives of the unnamed dead buried at the church of St Michael le Pole, near what may have been the site of the early Christian monastery of Duibh Linn.

Speaker: Edmond O’Donovan Date: Tuesday July 17th, 1.05–1.45pm 2



The Slave’s Tale

What happened to the men and women who were sold on the Dublin slave market in the early middle ages? A few of their voices have survived to be told.

Speaker: Poul Holm Date: Tuesday August 21st, 1.05–1.45pm



The Crusader’s Tale

William Fitzroger was a Prior of the Order of the Knights Hospitaller in Ireland based in Kilmainham in the late thirteenth century. His conflicting loyalties to his king and his order presented him with a difficult choice: would he fight for the Holy Land or defend the English colony in Ireland?

Speaker: Edward Coleman Date: Tuesday September 18th, 1.05–1.45pm



The Augustinian’s Tale

The political and cultural renaissance that occurred in the late-medieval cathedral priory of Christ Church, Dublin, was witnessed and guided by Canon Thomas Fyche, its sub-prior (1502-16): Augustinian, archivist and administrator.

Speaker: Stuart Kinsella Date: Tuesday October 9th, 1.05–1.45pm



The Potter’s Tale

Many skilled workers lived and plied their trades in high-medieval Dublin. William le Crockere de Nas was a potter who had the important job of crafting glazed jugs to hold the wine and ale consumed by the citizens.

Speaker: Clare McCutcheon Date: Tuesday November 20th, 1.05–1.45pm



The Poet’s Tale

Maoilín Óg Mac Bruaideadha was a famous bardic poet and historian in the latter half of the sixteenth century. He spent the last few years of his life in Trinity College translating the New Testament into Irish.

Speaker: Katharine Simms Date: Tuesday December 11th, 1.05–1.45pm


Admission free: All welcome



4 Responses to Tales of Medieval Dublin

  1. Murray June 12, 2012 at 10:05 am #

    It would be great if these talks were streamed to allow those who can’t make it along to watch/listen in.

    • Tales of Medieval Dublin June 18, 2012 at 3:42 pm #

      Hi Murray, the Tales are all podcasted and will be posted onto the Friends of Medieval Dublin website a few days after the lecture at

  2. Catriona Kyles June 12, 2012 at 5:54 pm #

    Agree with the above post that it would be brilliant if these talks could be made available to those who can’t make it on the day.

  3. Mary Russell August 17, 2012 at 5:03 pm #

    This is a marvel of information. I love it.

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